Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It’s becoming increasingly common to find telecommuting roles (also called virtual, or work-from-home), but the combination of this plus part-time might be a little bit harder to come by. However, I am positive there are a handful of places to start looking! And your prior experience in Customer Service and Collections is highly desirable.
I’d begin by exploring websites which specialize in telecommuting jobs. These are great places to find Customer Service, Collections, Sales Assistance, Office/Payroll Support, Tutoring, and other positions that may allow you to work from home. They will often entail having access to both a telephone land line and the internet, but may not actually require advanced computer skills.
Here are some telecommuter job boards to try:
Your best bet is to examine each job posting carefully, and review the requirements/qualifications. If you decide to apply and are contacted by a recruiter, I would be honest about your level of computer experience, but I would also emphasize that you’re flexible, dependable, and eager to learn new things. And just so you’re aware, candidates never need to disclose their age to a recruiter or Hiring Manager, but it’s perfectly alright to tell them that you are seeking part-time status only.
You can also utilize traditional job boards (like Careerbuilder, Monster, Indeed, or SimplyHired) and adjust your job search settings and keywords to browse telecommuting positions only. That will screen out anything which requires you to work in a standard office-setting. There are even job boards designed specifically for retirees! (seniorjobbank.org)
And equally important, I would recommend registering with local staffing companies near you (like Manpower). We may have clients who are searching for telecommuters like yourself, and our employment experts can help connect you to those opportunities. Staffing offices may also be able to find you shorter-term (temporary) assignments, which can sometimes lead to longer-term employment offerings.
Best of luck for your job search!